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National Geographic Museum General Admission

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    Visit: National Geographic Museum, 1145 17th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20036-4707

    Explore our permanent exhibition: Where and when did exploration get its start at National Geographic?

    Find out in "National Geographic: Exploration Starts Here," a permanent exhibition showcasing the greatest hits from our long and storied history of discovery. Go on expedition alongside our scientists, adventurers, and storytellers to discover where we've been and how much further we plan to go. Examine artifacts like the camera Robert Peary used at the North Pole and pots recovered from a shipwreck by Jacques-Yves Cousteau. Watch video from the top of Mount Everest and Jane Goodall's research camp. And learn the untold stories behind the discoveries of Machu Picchu and the Titanic.

    Come see where exploration starts!

    Explore our traveling exhibitions, which change throughout the year.  Through October 1, 2017, go beneath the surface and learn about sharks on assignment with Brian Skerry. 

    More than a hundred million sharks are killed each year, primarily for their fins. Award-winning National Geographic photographer Brian Skerry has gone to extraordinary lengths to show us why we should not only protect them, but respect and appreciate them as integral species within our ecosystem. The exhibition includes large-scale images, videos, artifacts, models, and interactive experiences—all highlighting Skerry’s passion, skill, and technique.

    Learn more about how you can get involved with National Geographic’s work to save sharks, protect our ocean, and inspire action to change our planet.

    October 12, 2017 - January 12, 2018, explore WILD by Michael Nicols.  See extraordinary images of wildlife and wild places through the eyes of legendary photographer and former National Geographic magazine Editor at Large for Photography MICHAEL "NICK" NICHOLS in this special exhibition. Travel to the remotest reaches of the globe through Nick’s stunning, evocative, and technically innovative photos of our natural world. Exhibition organized by the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

    November 15, 2017 - August 15, 2018, explore Tomb of Christ. 

    Discover the fascinating history of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and be transported to Jerusalem for an immersive 3-D experience unlike anything you’ve seen in a museum before. Virtually visit the church and learn about its storied history and enduring mysteries.

    Built in the fourth century, the tomb of Christ, or the Holy Edicule, has just undergone a historic restoration—a project that captured the attention of the world. In the exhibition, learn about the restoration effort and how National Geographic Explorers are using new technologies including lidar, sonar, laser scanning, and thermal imaging to continue to study this important site.
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    Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

    Totally worth the entrance fee. It’s a compact and well put together expo on the queens of egypt and their roles. It’s a quick visit but has some great pieces and great stories.

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank 436elisabethe
    Reviewed 6 days ago

    This exhibition will end sometime in September and I suggest to see it, if you are able to. It is not only interesting but fascinating and beautifully arranged. One can see and enjoy details about the queens one has never known, Egyptian history, culture throughout...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Gisela E
    Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

    My daughter and I loved this exhibit. We really took the time to read and experience all the exhibit had to offer. Our favorite was the 3-D burial chamber! Only reason I didn’t give 5 stars was that the space is small and would be...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    2  Thank Jill R
    Reviewed 3 weeks ago

    The free National Geographic Museum is in a building in the back. It’s very nice but small. What’s there is great but very limited. The cafeteria is closed on the weekend. They have traveling exhibits which are in the front building and you must pay...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    1  Thank Pattyjpp
    Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

    We toured the awesome Queens of Egypt exhibit at the National Geographic Museum. The tour guide was most knowledgeable with great energy. This tour provided amazing history and artifacts about ancient Egyptian female royalty during the periods in which they reigned.

    Thank neluv05
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    You'll get a ticket when you pay the admission price. And you'll have to show the ticket to get in initially AND in to the second area.
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